Monday, May 23, 2011

la fête du fromage

{from Billy, with love}

I like cheese. I feel blessed to have ended up in France, home of about 400 different types of cheese (St. Nectaire, and Roquefort, and Cantal, oh my!). And, I'm lucky enough to live only a few miles down the road from Banon. Besides being the name of the village, Banon is also the name of the creamy fromage de chèvre (goats cheese to you and me) that it produces.

{cheese lovers}

Banon hosts an annual fête du fromage to celebrate it's creamy, cheesy, deliciousness and this year, I got to go. Which was kind of weird. Like why was The Husband so OK with going to something like a fête du fromage all of a sudden? Very suspicious. And why were all of his friends going to la fête du fromage too? (Can you tell I like writing 'fête du fromage'? It's feels festive). Could it possibly be because the bar was serving €1 Pastis all day long? Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's why.

Can you guess which one is mine?

Doesn't The Husband look happy celebrating la fête du fromage?  

WOO-HOO! We love la fête du fromage! Love it! Give me more cheese!

Did you know that it's possible to love cheese so much that you just plain tucker yourself out? Like this guy. He overcheesed. 

But because I do love my cheese, I snuck away from all the 'cheese loving' the boys were doing to have a quiet lunch where I got to celebrate la fête du fromage the way it should be celebrated...


with actual cheese.

bisou

 

42 comments:

  1. I want a cheese fete! I want a cheese fete! I thought the glasses had melted cheese in them - like a strange french cheese sculling competition or something. theres a thought for next year! Vive le fromage!
    T x

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  2. I don't know what makes me more excited: a festival devoted to cheese or discounted pastis. I want your life!

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  3. Overcheesed? That sounds hilarious.

    I am not a cheese connoisseur or anything like that ... but I do love to eat good food!

    seven-percentsolution.blogspot.com

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  4. Fete du Fromage? That sounds like a lot of fun!

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  5. I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog! :) Following yours now. My parents would be so jealous if they saw your blog. They spent their anniversary in Provence last October. Your cheese platter looks amazing!

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  6. I actually mmmm'd with pleasure at the cheese picture....

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  7. I love having breakfast and reading your blog hun! Sitting here, pretending it´s fromage on my German brotchen and laughing out loud! Food, wine, fun = perfection ;)
    P.S. The fromage in the last picture looks so good (so does the wine ;))!

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  8. That cheese looks so good! Chevre is my favorite type of cheese so I'm super jealous that you got to go to a cheese festival. Plus how can you go wrong with 1 euro alcoholic beverages (excluding that guy)?

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  9. I want cheese!
    J'Adore cheese. I can eat cheese all the day. I want to come to your village now ... French cheese and wine ... what you can ask more?
    Bisou, Babi

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  10. Feeling slightly ill here, remembering the taste of pastis.

    Ah, but cheese....now you're parlezing!

    xo Jane

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  11. I love the Banon - the frais is great, but the leaf-wrapped is my favourite. Served with proscuitto-wrapped fresh figs and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Yummo. Will have to remember this festival for next year. That cheese platter looks unbelievable.

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  12. I'll grab some local wine, you get that Banon, and tell Kirsty we must have some proscuitto-wrapped figs! It's a party and what fun that would be! (Bring Fifty, too!)

    Bloggers welcome...

    Bises,
    Genie

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  13. Oh wow. Don't tell my husband about this... he'll have us moving to France in no time.

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  14. OH yum! How I love cheese and a crusty baguette! A glass of wine ah divine...

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  15. When I saw that the title was basically "Cheese Party," I got super excited. I love both parties and cheese. The combination is glorious. Jealous!!

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  16. Oh God. Since returning from Europe 2 weeks ago I've been 'dissing' the cheese. 1) Muffin top 2) It's not like the best cheese in the world readily available or at a decent price in the US, so why bother?

    But now - I want cheese. Whole Foods cheese dept here I come. And it's all your fault. I hope also everyone's recovered from their cheese hangovers.

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  17. I can't imagine being overcheesed. I imagine it would be painful.

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  18. i wish there was a fete du fromage nearby! anyone who knows me knows that i love cheese! so envious you got to grow up in france for many reasons, including the cheese! ;)

    -j
    sorelle in style

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  20. I love your blog!!! SO excited to have found you! I too live in France! I am on vacation in the states now, but I can't wait to go back!

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  21. Uhh, oui, I would like to spend the day celebrating and eating cheese.

    Also, your pic of the pastis and wine reminded me of the song...One of these things is not like the other.

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  22. an entire festival devoted to cheese? psssh and i thought france was awesome b/c of the fashion - it totally may have become my 2nd favorite country for this reason alone ;)

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  23. I have "overcheesed" a few times in my life too. It hurts in the morning.

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  24. Sweet "cheese-us!" (Okay, I've officially embarrassed myself.)
    That last picture is serious business. It looks like a still-life painting!

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  25. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I love cheese! I have never been to europe before, but I am doing a study abroad for six weeks in london! I am so excited. Which cheese is your favorite?!

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  26. I want to start saying "I'm overcheesed:. Classic.

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  27. If you are what you eat, I would be a big round brie :) XOL

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  28. Reason A-Z why we began our honeymoon in France. Please and thank you

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  29. i would be in heaven living where you live in france!!!! and cheese is absolutely amazinggg :-) have a great weekend!

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  30. Those pictures are too funny! I wish I were there eating up all that cheese!!! My brother and his family are moving to France for two years and leave in a couple months. Hubbie and I can't wait to go visit. Yes, we'll be happy to see them, but we can't wait for the French food and cheese!!!

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  31. Overcheesed...yes, but not from fromage, rather from fromagy people. :) xox Alexandra

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  32. i'm your new follower! this looks like a fun time! stop by my blog and follow back if you'd like!

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  33. Ah, gotta love a cheese festival.

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  34. Impossible to eat too much cheese! The cheese is most definitely what I miss most about France, although the wine is a close second! I had never heard of the fête du fromage when I lived in France. Good excuse to go back if you ask me!

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  35. Love your blog! That cheese party looks excellent... by the way, when you stopped by blog the other day you forgot to enter my giveaway. Check it out!

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  36. Wow, this is one cheesy party! I'm pretty much a beginner when it comes to cheese, I'm mostly a cheddar lady myself, but I'd love to try this!

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